Dragon Update – Week of September 11-15
Wow! What an incredible first week of school! Students have been fully immersed in getting to know their teachers and peers. They have been busy outside playing on our school yard, making new friends and enjoying their school community! We are excited about this year at St. Dominic’s and we look forward to a year filled with optimism and hope!
Quotes of the Week!
Each week we will highlight a couple of statements heard from our school community at St. Dominic’s to try to share with you how people feel about our school!
Parent – “Thank you for welcoming my daughter into your school community. She is feeling very comfortable and I want to thank you for helping her adjust.”
Grade 8 student – “I am so excited for graduation!”
Grade 4 student – “This is going to be the best year. I am going to be unstoppable this year and get better at math and try new things!”
Staff member – “I have felt so welcomed by everyone. This place has a great energy!”
SK student – “I love my teacher! She has the prettiest hair!”
Sept 19 – School Council @ 6:15pm
Sept 21 – Lifetouch Photo Day
Sept 22 – PA Day
Sept 25 – Terry Fox Run (10:45am)
Sept 27 – First People’s Festival – Grade 5
Sept 28 – WE Day – Toronto
Sept 28 – Meet the Teacher/Family BBQ Night
Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school. For example, young elementary school students who miss an average of just two school days per month often have difficulty keeping up with their peers academically and tend to fall behind in reading. But when students can read on grade level by the end of third grade, which is when kids transition from learning to read to reading to learn, they are three to four times more likely to graduate high school and attend college, post-graduate, or professional development classes than their peers who struggle with reading. (http://absencesaddup.org/importance-of-school-attendance/)
If your child is going to be absent from school it is important that you phone the school to let us know. If you are connected to our voicemail. please leave your name, your child’s name, the teacher’s name, and the reason for absence.
Agendas are a great way of keeping up to date with school events, class assignments or communicating with your child’s teacher. Please look at them on a daily basis and use this as a means of communication.
Kiss and Drop
We ask that all parents exercise great care and caution when driving their children to school. Please, always slow down and be aware of students walking to school. Also, we ask that you take into consideration the following reminders: In the morning and at lunch many parents drop their children off at school. If you plan to do this, we ask that you: (a) Drop your children off as close to the end of the kiss and drop area located on Victoria Road. (b) If possible, pull to the right-hand side and drop them off at the curb. (c) Have the children prepared with their belongings. This way they can get out of the car quickly, allowing the next car to pull up. We will continue to have “Kiss and Drop Patrollers” monitoring the area. They will be wearing brightly coloured vests and their main job is to ensure safety of ALL of our students arriving at school.
We thank you for your assistance in ensuring our students arrive to school safely.
Students who are eligible for bus transportation should have been contacted by the bus company. If not, please contact them at:
Student transportation Services of Waterloo Region website: www.stswr.ca
Regular bus students are expected to display exemplary behaviour at all times. Students will practice bus safety and bus evacuation procedures. If you miss the bus at the end of the day, please stay at school and report to the office. Do not leave the school or try to walk home. The school will contact your parents and make arrangements for you to get home safely.
Math Problem – Engage your mind!
We challenge you to incorporate math into your everyday conversations at home. Have a discussion about this problem and let us know how it went! If you want more, check out this estimation website: http://www.estimation180.com/